160  ·  Representative Documents:  Scholarly Communication Resolutions
Pennsylvania State University
Resolution to Endorse the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Statement on Publishing Agreements
http://www.senate.psu.edu/agenda/2007-2008/mar18-08agn/appd.pdf
SENATE COUNCIL
Resolution to Endorse the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)
Statement on Publishing Agreements
(Legislative)
Whereas, the scholarly communication system intended to support faculty and scholars is
now leaving authors and readers frustrated by barriers to the free flow of information that
is an essential characteristic of the research university; and
Whereas, current publishing methods usually require authors to assign publishers the
copyrights to their works which may limit authors’ ability to republish, distribute or use
their work for teaching, research, posting on websites, or archiving in a repository; and
Whereas, in 2007, to address the need for changes in the practice of publishing scholarly
material, the CIC Provosts endorsed a statement on scholarly publication and issued an
Addendum to Publication Agreements for CIC Authors; and
Whereas, the faculty governance bodies at the following CIC universities have endorsed
the statement and addendum: University of Illinois (Chicago and Urbana-Champaign);
Indiana University; University of Iowa; University of Michigan; Michigan State
University; University of Minnesota; Northwestern University; University of Wisconsin-
Madison; and
Whereas, Penn State’s Faculty Senate issued an informational report in the March 20,
2007 Senate Agenda titled, Authors’Rights and Publishing Agreements; and
Whereas, the Officers of the University Faculty Senate in consultation with Senate
Council and the chairs of the 15 standing committees of the Senate support the statement
and addendum;
Therefore Be It Resolved,
that the University Faculty Senate supports in principle the Committee on Institutional
Cooperation (CIC) Statement on Publishing Agreements and the Addendum to Publishing
Agreements for CIC Authors.
Note: Portions of this resolution are excerpted from the CIC Scholarly Communication Web site:
http://www.cic.net/groups/CICMembers/archive/Report/AuthorsRights.shtml
January 2008
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